Cyclist Laurie Edmondstone is calling for the intersection of Bowen St and Goulburn Rd to be fixed to make it less dangerous for cyclists.By Trent Horneman
Echuca’s Laurie Edmonstone feared for his life as a four-wheel drive bore down on him while he was out on a morning ride in Echuca’s east last week.
Mr Edmondstone recalled having to launch off his bike to avoid going under the vehicle.
He is now left with a broken tibia and fibia in his right leg.
As his injuries heal, Mr Edmondstone wants Campaspe Shire to take action on the Goulburn Rd and Bowen St intersection where the crash happened.
Mr Edmondstone said conditions at the intersection were not ideal for cyclists.
‘‘I was riding east along Goulburn Rd when I approached the intersection with Bowen St I could see a four-wheel drive travelling east on Goulburn Rd,’’ he said.
‘‘At the last minute, the driver indicated he was turning right, it was at that moment I realised he was going to hit me.
‘‘There is no doubt that the driver was blinded by the sun.’’
Mr Edmondstone, who is a well-known member of Moama SES and Echuca-Moama Search and Rescue, said his experience with accidents helped him.
‘‘I made a spilt-decision to launch myself from my bike to avoid going under the vehicle. Because I am smaller, I am more likely to have gone under the vehicle, if I was taller it was more likely I would go over the vehicle’s bumper bar.’’
Mr Edmondstone said the intersection, part of a popular cycling route, was dangerous for cyclists.
‘‘There is unevenness in the road surface, when you have only thin tyres it can be quite dangerous,’’ he said.
‘‘It is popular for cycling club and triathlon club competitions, it is also popular with recreational cyclists as it is an eight-kilometre loop through Echuca Village.
‘‘It is widely known among cyclists that it is a troublesome location.’’
Mr Edmondstone said generally Echuca was a safe place for cyclists, however he would like to see more work done at that intersection, as well as Warren St.
‘‘It would be good to see a roundabout or something at that intersection, something needs to be done. I also think Warren St is too narrow for cyclists,’’ he said.
Campaspe Shire infrastructure, facilities and commercial executive manager Kelly Sampson said council staff continually monitored road safety issues.
‘‘Council uses a software package to assist in analysing the road network to identify high risk areas. Once a risk has been identified then council officers validate the software findings and recommend safety improvement works,’’ she said.
‘‘This has been recently undertaken by improving the delineation and sight lines of the Wanalta Corop Rd, and the removal of a tree on Curr Rd, Tongala.
‘‘Council is concerned with the safety of all road users. Where possible, Council has been introducing cost effective means of separating motorists and cyclists through the introduction of cycling lanes.’’
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